Vaginal odor is quite common and it affects a lot of women at least once or twice in their life.
Common causes of vaginal odor include; poor hygiene, hormonal changes, bacterial infection, yeast infection, and other sexually transmitted infections.
If the cause of the vaginal odor is an infection, it may be accompanied with symptoms such as itching, inflammation, redness, irritation and burning sensation of the vaginal area. Bacterial vaginosis is commonly known to cause a fishy odor around the vaginal area.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, if you are dealing with vaginal odor;
- Ensure you practice safe sex.
- Stick to underwears that are made of cotton as cotton promotes better air circulation, thus, reducing perspiration around the vulva.
- Ensure you maintain a good personal hygiene.
- Ensure you change your tampon, menstrual pads, and panty liners often.
- Cut down on your consumption of refined carbohydrates and sugary drinks as sugar tends to promote yeast infection.
- Ensure you drink plenty of water daily as water tends to flush out toxins and harmful bacteria from the body.
- Avoid using scented products around your vagina as they could disrupt the pH balance of the vagina.
- If you often notice the vaginal body odor after sexual intercourse, then, strive to wash your vagina, with water and a mild soap, after intercourse.
- If the odor does not dissipate, after some natural treatments, consult your doctor.
Below are home remedies and natural ways to alleviate vaginal odor;
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a potent and effective home remedy that is used to treat various ailments and can also be used to get rid of vaginal odor. It contains highly potent antibacterial and antiviral properties that help eliminate toxins from your body.
Apple cider vinegar works by lowering the pH level in the vagina, thus, disrupting the environment in which odor-causing bacteria survive. This helps get rid of the vaginal odor and can also be used to treat yeast infection. You can use this remedy by adding equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and warm water to a bowl and then washing the vaginal area with the solution. Follow this remedy 3 times daily until the odor is gone completely.
Yogurt is an effective home remedy for numerous conditions due to its powerful nature as a probiotic. Probiotics are good bacteria that can help maintain the health of your vagina as well as get rid of vaginal odor. Consuming yogurt often can help prevent vaginal infection. You can use this yogurt remedy to get rid of vaginal odor by scooping some yogurt with your cleaned finger and applying the yogurt into your vagina. Leave it on for about 3 hours and rinse off with clean lukewarm water thereafter. Follow this remedy 2 to 3 times daily for effective results.
Chlorophyll has the effect of a natural deodorant, which can be very helpful in getting rid of vaginal odor. Chlorophyll is available in form of liquid or tablets that are easy to consume. To use this remedy you need to add one tablespoon of chlorophyll liquid to a glass of water, stir well to mix and consume the solution twice every day. Also, you can take one tablet of chlorophyll two times every day in order to get rid of vaginal odor.
4. White Vinegar
White vinegar can help get rid of vaginal odor naturally. This vinegar also ensures proper pH balance in your vagina thus preventing odor. You can use this remedy by adding a small cup of white vinegar and a small cup of sea salt to a warm bathing water and then soak in it for about 20 minutes. Take a shower thereafter and follow this remedy every day for a week.
Garlic is a highly potent home remedy for numerous ailments and can also be used to get rid of vaginal odor. Garlic contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that help it fight off harmful bacteria in the vagina. To use this remedy, grind 3 peeled garlic cloves to obtain a paste. Apply the paste on the vaginal area and leave it on for about 2 hours. Rinse it off thereafter with clean water. Follow the remedy once every day for a week.
6. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil acts as a natural disinfectant and contains antimicrobial properties that help fight off vaginal odor. To use this remedy, mix 4 drops of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, in clear bowl, and stir well. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply it on the vagina. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and rinse it off thereafter. Follow this remedy once daily in order to completely get rid of the vaginal odor.
7. Hydrogen Peroxide
Diluted hydrogen peroxide disinfects your vagina and creates an environment that is inhabitable for the harmful bacteria. To use this remedy you need to mix equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and wash your vagina with it. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off with clean water.
8. Baking Soda
Baking soda helps restore the pH balance of your vagina by neutralizing the acidic environment generated by harmful bacteria. This helps get rid of vaginal odor. You can use this remedy by adding 2 teaspoons of baking soda to a cup of lukewarm water and stir well to completely dissolve the soda. Soak a cotton ball into the mixture and wash your vagina with it. Rinse it off thereafter with clean water and pat dry with a towel.
Fenugreek contains medicinal properties that are beneficial to your health. Fenugreek contains antibacterial properties that fight off the bacteria that cause vaginal infection. This helps prevent the growth and spread of pathogenic bacteria in the vagina. To use this remedy, boil 3 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in a liter of water. Turn off the heat and allow the contents to cool. Wash your vagina with the solution. Follow the remedy 3-4 times daily until the odor dissipates.
10. Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice is known for treating urinary tract infections. Cranberry juice is also very effective in getting rid of bacteria, thus, treating the infections in the vagina which cause odor. You only need to drink one glass of cranberry juice every day for three weeks in order to achieve effective results.
11. Guava Leaves
Guava leaves have medicinal benefits due to the potent components, such as the glycosides, carotenoids and phenolic compounds, that constitute the leaves. These leaves contain antimicrobial properties that help inhibit bacterial strains and fungi, thus, helping to get rid of vaginal odor. You can use this remedy by boiling ten guava leaves in a liter of water. Turn off the heat and strain the leaves. Allow the solution to cool and use it to wash your vagina. Follow this remedy twice, every day, for one week in order to get rid of vagina odor.
Neem is a potent home remedy that can be used to treat various infections including those of the vagina. Its antibacterial properties work by destroying the harmful bacteria’s cell membranes, thus, eliminating the bacteria. To use this remedy, you need to roast a cup of neem leaves and allow them to cool. Crush the leaves to obtain powder and then mix one teaspoon of the powder with warm water to make a paste. Apply the paste to your vagina once every week. Do not use this remedy if you are pregnant.
Almonds contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals that can help boost your immune system. Almonds can also be very effective at preventing the growth of harmful bacteria in your vagina which causes vaginal odor. You can use this remedy by consuming two a couple of almonds daily.
14. Betel Leaves
Betel leaves have therapeutic properties and medicinal benefits to your health including boosting your immune system, fighting off fungal and bacterial infections, improving your oral health and treating skin disorders. You can use this remedy by boiling 5 fresh betel leaves for about 10 minutes and straining the solution. Allow the solution to cool down and dip a tampon in it. Then, insert the tampon into your vagina and leave it for about 20 minutes. Remove and discard the tampon thereafter. Follow this remedy twice every day for a week in order to get rid of the vaginal odor. Avoid using this remedy if you are pregnant.
15. Boric Acid
Boric acid is actually hydrogen borate. It has antiseptic properties and helps maintain the pH balance in your vagina, thus, preventing bacterial infection. You can use this remedy by filling a few gelatin capsules with boric acid. Insert one capsule in your vagina during bedtime and leave it overnight. Follow the remedy, every night, to treat vaginal infection and get rid of the vaginal odor.
16. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is rich in anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties that make it a potent home remedy to treat vaginal infections as well as get rid of vaginal odor. Lavender oil can alleviate itch and irritation which are contributing factors to vaginal infections.
You can use this remedy by adding 4 drops of lavender oil and 1 drop of lemon oil to your warm bath water and soak in the bath water for about 10 minutes. While soaking in the water, gently massage and wash your vagina. Follow the remedy twice daily for a week in order to achieve better results.
Turmeric is a powerful home remedy for various ailments. It contains curcumin which has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help fight off the bacterial and fungal infections in the vagina and the entire body. To use this remedy, you only need to add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of milk and stir well to mix. Consume the solution every day until the odor is completely gone.
18. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry contains a lot of essential nutrients that can help boost your immune system and fight off illnesses. It contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that help combat vaginal infections, thus, alleviating vaginal odor. You can use this remedy by mixing one teaspoon of Indian gooseberry with 1 teaspoon of honey and then consume the mixture. Follow this remedy, twice, daily for a month for effective results.
19. Avoid Wearing Silk
Silk can trap urine and sweat in your clothing which can lead to vaginal infection and odor. If you happen to be affected by vaginal odor, you should try as much as possible to avoid wearing silk at all times. Also, changing your panties regularly is also very important in order to avoid creating a habitable environment for bacteria that can trigger vaginal infection as well as vaginal odor.
Alum is mostly used in water sanitation, and it can also be used to get rid of odor in our bodies. It contains antiseptic and astringent properties that help combat vaginal infection and inhibit the growth of bacteria. To make this remedy, you need to a mix a ¼ teaspoon of alum powder with a glass of water. Use this mixture wash your vagina three times a day. Alternatively, you could directly rub your vagina opening with the alum to help rebalance your vagina’s ph levels.
21. Practice Safe Sex
Safe sex will protect you from various infections and you would also be safe from vaginal odor that is caused by bacteria that could be transmitted during sex. Keeping your vagina clean before and after sex is also recommended in order to avoid vaginal odor.
22. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits contain essential nutrients that are beneficial to the body. These fruits contain vitamin C which boosts your immune system as well combat vaginal infections, thus, helping get rid of vaginal odor. You can eat raw citrus fruits such as oranges and grapes to get rid of vaginal odor.
23. Avoid Using Harsh Soaps
Using harsh soaps in your vagina can disrupt the natural flora in your vagina making you ore susceptible to vaginal infection and vaginal odor. These soaps can also interfere with the pH balance in your vagina which could induce more vaginal discharge and odor. You should avoid using such soaps and fragrances around your vagina in order to keep your vagina healthy. Instead, opt for mild soaps.
24. Avoid Foods Rich In Yeast
Yeast can cause vaginal odor easily. High levels of yeast can be found in certain foods like bread, mushroom, and beer among others. You should also avoid sugary foods.
25. Add More Leafy Vegetables And Fruits To Your Diet
Fresh leafy vegetables and fruits contain a lot of nutrients that can cleanse your body. By cleansing your body with these vegetables and fruits you would alleviate vaginal odor and also improve your health. Avoiding a lot of starchy foods, drinks with a lot of caffeine and spicy recipes prevents yeast from building up in your vagina.
26. Drink A Lot Of Water
Drinking a lot of water helps get rid of toxins and harmful bacteria from your body which, in turn, helps in eliminating vaginal odor. Furthermore, water keeps you hydrated which is very vital for all your organs.
27. Avoid Too Much Oil And Meat In Your Diet
Too much meat and oils, in your meals, can cause more vaginal odor, therefore you should minimize adding these two components in your diet and instead look for healthier alternatives.
28. Wash The Surface Of Your Toilet Before Using It
The surface of your toilet may have dirt and bacteria which may cause vaginal infections. Washing the surface of your toilet before using it will help you avoid acquiring such dirt and bacteria. You should also be careful when using public toilets.
29. Keep Off Panty Liners
Panty liners can interfere with the pH balance of your vagina thus causing vaginal infections as well as vaginal odor. If you must use the liners you should choose those that are soft and safe to use in order to prevent itching.
30. Homemade Vaginal Cleanser
You can make your own vaginal cleanser that you will use to get rid of vaginal odor. Homemade vaginal cleanser is safe to use since it does not involve the use of chemicals. You can make one by adding tea leaves in boiling water and then use the solution to get rid of the vaginal infection. You could spritz the solution on the vagina or apply the solution to the vagina via cotton wool.
31. Avoid Hot Showers Or Hot Baths
Long use of hot showers can make you susceptible to vaginal odor. On the other hand, using warm or cold water can help cleanse your vagina and help you get rid of vaginal odor.
32. Eat More Vitamin C Rich Foods
Foods rich in vitamin C can help get rid of yeast infection in the vagina. These foods also contain antioxidants which improve your immune system, thus, strengthening your body against bacterial infections. You could also insert vitamin C tablets into the vagina at bedtime to help balance the vagina microflora.
33. Avoid Douches And Scrubs
Douches may help eliminate bad bacteria but they also eliminate the good bacteria. Thus, leaving you susceptible to vaginal infection and vaginal odor.
Pineapple is an effective home remedy for vaginal odor due to its strong smell. In order to use this remedy, you should drink two glasses of fresh pineapple juice every day for a few weeks in order to get rid of the vaginal odor.
35. Rose Hips
Rose hips are rich in vitamin C which is very useful in getting rid of vaginal disorders. You can use rosehip together with the vitamin C tablets in order to enhance its effectiveness. In order to use this remedy, you should insert a vitamin C tablet with rose hips into your vagina and hold it in with a tampon. You can remove them after 1 or 2 hours. Perform this remedy once, every day, until the vaginal odor dissipates.
36. Herbal Capsules
Your vagina is acidic in nature and keeping the acidic pH level is important for the health of your vagina. Homemade herbal capsules can help maintain the pH balance of your vagina thus preventing vaginal odor. You can make this remedy by taking 2 teaspoons, each, of myrrh gum powder, Echinacea root powder, yellow dock root powder, comfrey root powder, slippery elm bark powder with 4 teaspoons of goldenseal root powder. Fill gelatin capsules, of size 00, with the herbal mixture. Take two capsules, three times daily, and store the others in a cool dry place. Follow this remedy thrice daily for a week in order to achieve effective results.
37. Nuts And Seeds
Nuts and seeds contain high amounts of Vitamin E which helps prevent and reduce dryness and itching in the vagina. Seeds can help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria thus preventing vaginal odor. You can use seeds like flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds as well as nuts like hazelnuts and walnuts.
To make this remedy, add 4 almond seeds to water and allow them to soak for four hours. Peel off the almond seeds and mix them together with 2 hazelnuts and a cup of milk with the help of a blender. Blend them and pour the mixture into a cup. Then add 1 tablespoon of flax seed powder. Stir the contents well to obtain a good mixture. Consume one cup of the mixture every day for effective results.
38. Lose Some Weight
Excess weight can cause more sweating in the vaginal area. This leads to more moisture which causes the growth of bacteria, thus, increasing the likelihood of vaginal odor. Engage in regular exercises and healthy eating to maintain a healthy weight.
39. Avoid Feminine Sprays
Feminine sprays can cause irritation in the vaginal areas. These vaginal sprays have chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Furthermore, these chemicals may interfere with the vagina and cause vaginal problems such as vaginal odor.
40. Avoid Tight Clothing
Tight clothing can be a cause of vaginal odor since it facilitates the spread of fecal matter to the vagina as well as increase perspiration around the vagina area. This could cause vaginal infections. In order to avoid vaginal odor, you should opt for breathable cotton which will not allow moisture to accumulate around the vagina.
41. Lemon Water
Lemon is rich in vitamin C and has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties that help maintain optimal pH levels in the vagina. Lemon also helps cleanse your body by getting rid of toxins from your body. These benefits of lemon can help get rid of vaginal odor. You can use this remedy by extracting some lemon juice from two fresh lemons and then add 1 teaspoon of honey to the juice and mix them in a cup of warm water. Drink the solution once every day to eliminate vaginal odor gradually.
42. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is another effective home remedy for getting rid of vaginal odor. Coconut oil contains antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help combat bacteria, thus, treating vaginal infection and preventing vaginal odor. You can use this remedy by soaking a tampon in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and then putting it in your vagina. Leave the tampon on for about 3 hours. Follow this remedy once daily until the vaginal odor is completely gone.
43. Vitamin D
Lack of enough vitamin D can lead to higher risks of bacterial infections in women, which could, in turn, cause vagina odor. Thus, ensure you meet your daily body requirement of vitamin D as it is beneficial to your body and the health of your vagina. You could eat foods that are rich in vitamin D such as fatty fish, egg yolks, dairy products, and cheese. You could also take vitamin D supplements. Consult your healthcare provider before taking any supplement.
44. Don’t Forget To Remove Your Tampons
During your menstrual period, you should never forget to remove your tampons. If you don’t remove it, you may experience vaginal odor.
Oranges contain a lot of vitamin C and potent antioxidants which help boost your immune system and combat infections including vaginal infection. You should drink orange juice every day in order to get rid of and avoid vaginal odor.
46. Avoid Excessive Consumption Of Alcohol
Excessive consumption of alcohol can interfere with the pH balance of your body and this can cause vaginal odor. As such, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption will help avoid vaginal odor.
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